Diploma in writing, Long Ridge Writers Group, Connecticut, 1997. Diploma in writing for children, Institute of Children's Literature, Connecticut, 2004.
Sewing machine operator Sunshine Fashions, Memphis, 1959—1964. Quality inspector General Electric Miniature Lamp Plant, 1964—1994. Office manager events coordinator Crittenden Arts Council, West Memphis, Arkansas, 1994—1997.
Freelance writer, since 1997.
President, board governors Ecumenial Village, West Memphis, Arkansas, since 2002. Presbyterian elder; Member of Arkansas State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (chair commemorative events 1995-1999, historian 2000-2002, chair veterans history project since 2002), Robert Crittenden (regent Daughters of the American Revolution chapter 1993-1999).
Married James Trice Coley, December 14, 1963. Children: Marion Coley Jones, Elaine Coley Stewart.